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1st April 2014

iron maiden

MetalTalk can this morning exclusively reveal that Iron Maiden's Steve Harris is teaming up with Chas Hodges of Cockney duo Chas N' Dave for an eponymous album called 'Any Old Iron' which will be released in the late summer.

The music is very much in Chas N' Dave's unique musical style labelled "Rockney", which mixes pub singalong, music-hall humour, boogie-woogie piano and pre-Beatles rock n' roll.

This surprising move came about due to a lifelong friendship between the two parties. Steve became a fan of UK band The Outlaws, who achieved some success in the 60s. The Outlaws featured Chas on piano, Ritchie Blackmore on guitar and Mick Underwood on drums who was later to become beatkeeper for Gillan. Current Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers was a prominent member of the Gillan band after he replaced Bernie Torme.

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The 'Any Old Iron' project first came about when Chas N' Dave bass player Dave Peacock returned to the band in 2011 after retiring in 2009. While Dave was in retirement, Steve Harris helped his old mucker Chas out by filling in at a few low key club gigs in the London area.

The pair discussed making an album one day and now this exciting project has finally come to fruition.

Steve Harris told MetalTalk: "A lot of people have said that my 'British Lion' solo album was in a similar style to Maiden so when Chas rang me up and encouraged me to get going on our album, I was all for it. It brought me back to me East End roots.

"We did a couple of club gigs which were great fun and fortunately there were no Maiden fans there so I wasn't recognised. The locals just thought I was some long haired 'erbert.

"We went down to Margate to see Chris Tsangarides who has a studio nearby and we recorded it in one week. It was a lot of fun and a totally different experience to making an album with Maiden."

And MetalTalk can exclusively reveal the tracklisting for 'Any Old Iron'.

1. Barking Mad Five
2. Jellied Eel Roll
3. I'll Sleep When I'm Brown Bread
4. Move Yer Bleedin' 'Arris
5. The Italian Job
6. Hampton Wick To Hampstead Heath
7. Rock N' Roll
8. Radio Rental
9. Cream Crackered And Cheesed Off
10. You're Just A Paper Hat
11. Hurry Up Harry (Sham 69 cover)

Bonus track for deluxe editions:
12. Flight Of Dickarus

Steve Harris has exclusively given us the lowdown on some of the tracks: "'Barking Mad Five' - when I used to go out in Barking in the early days, me and my mates would get up to mischief in the boozers and we got labelled the Barking Mad Five. 'Jellied Eel Roll' is the first song that Chas came up with and it's a great swinging boogie-woogie number.

"'The Italian Job' came about when we were first in the studio and I had my amp turned right up and it almost made Chas Mutt and Jeff and he kept quoting the famous line from the Michael Caine film: 'You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off'.

"'Hampton Wick To Hampstead Heath' is a story that the Maiden road crew can relate to and I will say no more than that.

"'Rock N' Roll' is not the Zeppelin song but is actually all about my mate who is constantly skint and 'Hurry Up Harry' came about after one recording session when I was packing up my gear and Chas was bursting to get down the pub and he started plonking away the old Sham 69 song on the old Joanna and it sounded great so we kept it.

"The bonus track 'Flight Of Dickarus' - well I'm a bit of a shy guy and it's just me letting off a bit of steam in a tongue in cheek kind of way."

Steve added: "We will be doing some surprise 'pop-up gigs' once the current Maiden England tour ends at Sonisphere on 5th July.

Coincidentally, Chas N' Dave are also playing Sonisphere that weekend.

Chas N' Dave last played at the Knebworth stately home 35-years-ago, when they opened for Led Zeppelin.

Chas told us: "We went down well at Knebworth in 79. Not surprised we got a return booking."



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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